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Ondrej Palat, LW, TAM10/24/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Lighting winger Ondrej Palat had a goal and an assist on Friday against the Jets.
Insight: It was Palat's second multi-point game of the season, but first with a goal and an assist. Palat was originally given credit for two goals, but his shot on the power play was tipped into the net by Vladislav Namestnikov. He finished plus-one.
Steven Stamkos, C, TAM10/24/2014 10:47:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos scored his sixth goal of the season on Friday.
Insight: The score came on a passes from Jonathan Drouin and Valtteri Filppula. It was the first goal of the game, and Tampa Bay defeated Winnipeg. 4-2. Stamkos is third in the league in goals.
Bryan Little, C, WIN10/24/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Jets center Bryan Little scored his fourth goal of the season on Friday against the Lightning.
Insight: Little scored on the power play at the 5:33 mark of the second period. The goal made the game, 2-1, but Tampa Bay scored twice before the end of the second period to take a three-goal lead. Little has five points this season.
Jonathan Drouin, LW, TAM10/24/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Lightning winger Jonathan Drouin had his first goal of the season in the Lightning victory over the Jets, 4-2..
Insight: Drouin first had an assist on Steven Stamkos' goal in the first period, and then scored his first goal at the start of the second as Tampa Bay took a 2-0 lead. The Jets scored the next goal before the Lightning added two more goals to make it 4-1 at the end of the second. With Drouin playing with Stamkos, he has tremendous upside.
Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL10/24/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen made 25 stops on 27 shots against the Devils on Friday.
Insight: Lehtonen and the Stars won in a shootout. Lehtonen allowed the Devils to tie the game with about eight minutes left in the third, but he stopped both shots he face in the shootout. He is 4-0-2 with a 2.83 GAA.
Cory Schneider, G, NJD10/24/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Devils netminder Cory Schneider lost in a shootout to the Star on Friday, 3-2.
Insight: Schneider stopped 35-of-37 shots in regulation and overtime for a .946 save percentage. Schneider is 3-2-2 to start this season.
Jamie Benn, LW, DAL10/24/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Stars winger Jamie Benn scored the game-winning goal in the shootout to lift Dallas over New Jersey, 3-2.
Insight: Benn's shootout goal clinched the victory for the Star. The captain also scored in regulation on the power play at the beginning of the second period. He finished with four shots on goal.
Joe Pavelski, C, SJS10/24/2014 7:52:00 PM
Description: Sharks forward Joe Pavelski is moving to the third line according to CSN Bay Area.
Insight: Pavelski will play with Tommy Wingels and Chris Tierney on Saturday. Pavelski has four goals and four assists in eight games to start the year, but coach Todd McLellan wants to improve the team's defense.
John Gibson, G, ANA10/24/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Ducks goalie John Gibson will start on Friday against the Blue Jackets according to the Orange County Register.
Insight: Gibson started opening night and allowed six goals to the Penguins. Frederik Andersen took over in net and has won his last six starts. During that time, Gibson asked to be sent to the minors to get a few starts to stay fresh, so we do not expect him to at all be rusty on Friday.
Andrew MacDonald, D, PHI10/24/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald will miss four weeks with a lower-body injury according to nhl.com.
Insight: The Philadelphia defense looks pretty thin. They already lost Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn before MacDonald went down. MacDonald has a goal and two assists in 2014-2015.
Zdeno Chara, D, BOS10/24/2014 5:54:00 PM
Description: Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is expected to miss the next four-to-six weeks according to nhl.com.
Insight: Chara tore his posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Thursday night versus the Islanders. Even at age 37, he is a huge part of the Bruins and his fantasy teams' defense. Chara will be greatly missed.
Josh Bailey, LW, NYI10/24/2014 5:51:00 PM
Description: Islanders forward Josh Bailey broke his hand on Thursday against the Bruins.
Insight: Bailey is supposed to miss several weeks according to the New York Newsday. He has three assists and six points this season.
Semyon Varlamov, G, COL10/24/2014 5:43:00 PM
Description: Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov has been activated from the IR and is ready to play Friday against the Canucks according to the Denver Post.
Insight: Colorado is off to a really slow start and Varlamov's performance is part of that. He is 0-2-1 with a .910 save percentage and a 3.80 GAA. His numbers can do nothing but go up, though, there are doubts are to whether he can repeat his stellar numbers from last season.
Andrew Shaw, C, CHI10/23/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw score his third goal of the season on Thursday against the Predators.
Insight: The goal cut the Nashville lead to 3-2 with about seven minutes left in the third period. The Predators held on to win, though, 3-2. Shaw had one shot on goal and a plus-one rating.
James Neal, LW, NAS10/23/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Predators winger James Neal scored a hat trick on Thursday against the Blackhawks.
Insight: Neal scored the only goals of the game for Nashville, but it was enough for a 3-2 victory. Neal was all over the ice with six shots on net. He now has five goals on the season.
Charlie Coyle, C, MIN10/23/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Wild center Charlie Coyle scored the first goal of Thursday's game against the Coyotes. Minnesota won, 2-0.
Insight: Fresh off a five-year contract extension he signed on Wednesday, Coyle scored at the 2:53 mark of the second period. He finished plus-one with two shots on goal.
Darcy Kuemper, G, MIN10/23/2014 10:47:00 PM
Description: Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper shutout the Coyotes on Thursday.
Insight: Kuemper stopped all 26 shots he faced against Arizona. Minnesota won, 2-0. The shutout was Kuemper's third of the season in four starts.
Ryan Miller, G, VAN10/23/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Canucks goalie Ryan Miller beat his old team on Thursday.
Insight: Miller stopped 31-of-32 shots against the St. Louis Blues in a 4-1 victory. It was nice to see Miller bounce back from the horrible start on Tuesday, where he allowed five goals.
Kevin Shattenkirk, D, STL10/23/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored his first goal of the season in Thursday's loss against the Canucks.
Insight: Shattenkirk scored on the power play to tie the game at the 7:38 mark of the second period. It was the only goal of the game for the Blues.
Chris Higgins, LW, VAN10/23/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Canucks winger Chris Higgins had a goal and an assist in Thursday's game against the Blues.
Insight: Higgins scored the first goal of the game 41 seconds into the first period. St. Louis tied the game in the second period, then Higgins assisted the go-ahead goal from Nick Bonino at the beginning of the third period. It proved to be the game-winner as Vancouver won, 4-1.
Niklas Kronwall, D, DET10/23/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall scored two goals and had an assist in the comeback victory over the Penguins on Thursday.
Insight: Kronwall scored with five minutes left in the first period to cut the Pittsburgh lead to one. The Penguins led, 3-1, until Henrik Zetterberg scored a nice goal in the slot to make it 3-2. With the net empty, Pavel Datsyuk dangled the puck in front of the Penguins net and passed it back to the blue line. Kronwall scored on a slap shot. Detroit won, 4-3, in overtime.
Thomas Greiss, G, ARI10/23/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Penguins backup goalie Thomas Greiss looked poised to pickup his first victory of the season until the Red Wings scored two goals in the final three minutes of the third period.
Insight: Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall scored the late third-period goals to tie the game at 3-3. Pittsburgh had a chance to put the game "on ice" with an empty net goal, but they were unable to convert. Justin Abdelkader scored the game-winner with 46 seconds left in overtime. Greiss stopped 31-of-35 shots.
Justin Abdelkader, RW, DET10/23/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader scored the game-winning goal on Thursday against the Penguins in overtime.
Insight: Abelkader left the game in the first period aftre a puck hit him in the face. He was instrumental in the Red Wings comeback, finishing with a plus-two rating and three shots on goal.
Milan Lucic, LW, BOS10/23/2014 9:58:00 PM
Description: Bruins winger Milan Lucic scored his first goal of the season on Thursday against the Islanders.
Insight: Lucic has had a rough start to the season, but he finally got rid of the goose egg in the goal column. The goal, however, did not help the Bruins win as Boston dropped its fifth game of the young season.
Chad Johnson, G, BOS10/23/2014 9:54:00 PM
Description: Bruins goalie Chad Johnson stopped 32 shots on Thursday against the Bruins.
Insight: Johnson captured his second victory of the season on Thursday. He allowed two goals on 34 shots. As far as backup goalies go, Johnson provides some of the best fantasy value.
Zdeno Chara, D, BOS10/23/2014 9:51:00 PM
Description: Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara left Thursday's game against the Islanders with an undisclosed injury.
Insight: Chara left with 8:13 remaining in the first period, which was right after the captain nailed John Tavares. There was nothing noticably wrong on the replay. Chara has two goals, one assist and a minus-two rating after nine games.
Kyle Okposo, RW, NYI10/23/2014 9:45:00 PM
Description: Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo scored the first of two New York goals in the second period in a 3-2 victory over the Bruins on Thursday.
Insight: Okposo has three goals and six assists this season. He was plus-one with five shots on goal Thursday.
Evander Kane, LW, WIN10/23/2014 5:51:00 PM
Description: Jets left wing Evander Kane is progressing ahead of schedule with his knee injury according to coach Paul Maurice.
Insight: An exact timetable has not been determined, but Maurice is certainly encouraged by his youg left winger's progress. Kane will likely return at some point in November, which we realize is a wide return widow being as November is a week away.
Radko Gudas, D, TAM10/23/2014 5:49:00 PM
Description: Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas is hoping to return from his lower-body injury as early as Friday according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Gudas has missed the past four games with the injury.
Niklas Svedberg, G, BOS10/23/2014 5:47:00 PM
Description: Bruins goalie Niklas Svedberg will start on Thursday against the Islanders.
Insight: Svedberg is 1-1 with a 0.91 GAA and .969 save percentage this season. New York will also go with backup goalie in Chad Johnson.
Ryan Miller, G, VAN10/23/2014 5:45:00 PM
Description: Canucks goalie Ryan Miller will face one of his old teams on Thursday.
Insight: Miller played about half a season with St. Louis last season and posted average numbers. The Blues did not try to bring him back to this year's team. Miller will attempt to bounce back against the Blues on Thursday after he allowed five goals on 13 shots against the Stars on Tuesday.
Martin Hanzal, C, ARI10/23/2014 12:39:00 PM
Description: Coyotes center Martin Hanzal didn't travel with the team to Minnesota due to a lower body injury.
Insight: Hanzal (15 G, 25 A last season) hasn't played more than 65 games in any of the past four season, so an injury this early in the season is disappointing, but not unexpected. He has a goal and two assists in four games this season.
Paul Stastny, C, STL10/23/2014 12:33:00 PM
Description: Blues center Paul Stastny suffered a shoulder injury last Saturday and has been placed on the injured reserve list.
Insight: Stastny suffered the injury on a hit from Martin Hanzal just 31 seconds into the game. Stastny, a free agent acquisition this summer, has four points in four games this season. he totaled 60 points in 71 games last season for Colorado and is a force when healthy.
Johan Franzen, RW, DET10/23/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen (groin) was moved to the injured reserve a couple of days ago to make room for Pavel Datsyuk, but could return when eligible on Saturday.
Insight: When healthy, Franzen is a offensive force, as his five points in four games this season will atest, but keeping him healthy has been a problem lately. He played just 54 games last season.
Beau Bennett, RW, PIT10/23/2014 12:22:00 PM
Description: Penguins right wing Beau Bennett lower body) could begin practice in a week, according to a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report.
Insight: Bennett is expected back sometime in mid-November. He's only played 47 games over the past two seasons and fantasy owners obviously can't count on him.
Lubomir Visnovsky, D, NYI10/23/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is expected to make him season debut Thursday night against Boston.
Insight: Visnovsky is 38-years-old and injuries have become a huge concern after playing just 24 games last season. A young Visnovsky could score 60 points a season, this older version, not so much.
Travis Hamonic, D, NYI10/23/2014 12:14:00 PM
Description: New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic not play Thursday due to an upper body injury.
Insight: Hamonic has just one goal and zero assists through the first six games and isn't a fantasy-worthy defenseman. The 38-year-old Lubomir Visnovsky, just back from injury himself, will take Hamonic's spot on the blue line.
Sean Couturier, C, PHI10/22/2014 11:02:00 PM
Description: Flyers center Sean Couturier scored three points against the Penguins on Wednesday.
Insight: Couturier assisted Pierre-Edouard Bellemare's goal in the first period and Matt Read's goal in the third period. Couturier then sealed the victory with an empty-net goal with less than 30 seconds left. The center was also plus-three.
Ray Emery, G, PHI10/22/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Flyers goalie Ray Emery stopped 22 of 25 shots in a victory on Wednesday against the Penguins.
Insight: Emery wasn't particularly good, but the Flyers controlled the puck for much of the game. Emery helped the Flyers penalty kill keep the top power-play unit of Pittsburgh scoreless on two tries. Steve Mason is still the starting goalie, but Emery might receive some more playing time moving forward. Keep an eye on this situation.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G, PIT10/22/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on 32 shots against the Flyers on Wednesday.
Insight: That is a .875 save percentage. It wasn't really Fleury's fault as the Penguins played a pretty sloppy defensive game in front of their goaltender. Fleury is 3-2 this season.
Matt Read, RW, PHI10/22/2014 10:46:00 PM
Description: Flyers right wing Matt Read scored a goal in Wednesday night's game against the Penguins.
Insight: Read scored at the 8:50 mark of the third period to put the Flyers up, 4-2. Pittsburgh scored to cut the lead to one before Philadelphia added an empty-net goal. So Read's goal ended up being the game-winner.
Nick Spaling, C, NAS10/22/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Nick Spaling scored his first goal as a Penguin on Wednesday.
Insight: Spaling had a goal and an assist in what was easily his best fantasy day of the young 2014-2015 season. Spaling was also plus-two, but Pittsburgh lost, 5-3.
Mark Streit, D, PHI10/22/2014 10:41:00 PM
Description: Flyers defenseman Mark Streit scored the first of five Philadelphia goals on Wednesday night against the Penguins.
Insight: Streit scored on a slapshot to tie the game at one. Streit also made a nice defensive play that possibly prevented a goal. Philadelphia scored three third period goals to win, 5-3. Streit was plus-two.
Justin Abdelkader, RW, DET10/22/2014 8:12:00 PM
Description: Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader left Thursday's game against the Penguins after getting hit in the face with the puck.
Insight: With under five minutes to go in the first period, a Red Wing shot missed the net high and nailed Abdelkader just below his visor in his nose. He went to the locker room for repairs.
Ray Emery, G, PHI10/22/2014 7:19:00 PM
Description: The Flyers will start Ray Emery on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Insight: This isn't that surprising since Steven Mason played on Tuesday. Emery has a 2.73 GAA and .907 save percentage in two games this season. With Mason's slow start, perhaps Emery receives more playing time if he plays well on Wednesday.
Corey Crawford, G, CHI10/22/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford will not play in the team's next two games according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Insight: Crawford missed Tuesday's game due to the upper body injury. He will not travel with the team to Nashville or St. Louis.
Charlie Coyle, C, MIN10/22/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Wild center Charlie Coyle signed a five-year, $16 million extension with the team on Wednesday according to the startribune.com.
Insight: Coyle is in his last season of his entry-level contract. The new deal will come with a $3.2 million annual cap hit starting next season. Many experts have said this is a great move for Minnesota, but it likely has no effect on fantasy owners.
Clarke MacArthur, LW, OTT10/22/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: The NHL postponed the Senators and Maple Leafs game on Wednesday.
Insight: The game was scheduled for 7:00 PM ET, but due to the shooting in Ottawa Wednesday, the NHL decided to postponed the game. The league has not yet rescheduled the game.
Jarome Iginla, RW, COL10/22/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla is still looking for his first goal of the season.
Insight: He assisted on Alex Tanguay's third goal of the season, but has been unable to light the lamp as a member of Colorado. Iginla has four assists now, and owners should not panic yet, as he is bound to start putting the puck in the back of the net soon.
Roberto Luongo, G, FLA10/22/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo picked up his second win of the season in Tuesday's overtime victory.
Insight: He stopped 30-0f-33 shots on goal, and help defeat the Avalanche 4-3. Luongo is now 2-2-1 with a 2.72 GAA and a .906 save percentage.
Ondrej Palat, LW, TAM10/22/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: Lighting winger Ondrej Palat scored the overtime winner Tuesday versus Calgary.
Insight: It was his second goal of the season, and he now has four points overall. Palat is fine fantasy option, as he should push for 60 points. Valtteri Filppula scored Tampa Bay's other goal, his first this season.
Karri Ramo, G, CAL10/22/2014 9:58:00 AM
Description: Flames goalie Karri Ramo stopped 20-of-22 shots in Tuesday's overtime loss to Tampa Bay.
Insight: He is now 2-1-1 and continues to split starts with Jonas Hiller. Neither guy is a great fantasy option, unless one is able to separate himself from the other.
Evgeni Nabokov, G, TAM10/22/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Lightning netminder Evgeni Nabokov earned his first win as a member of the team.
Insight: He defeated Calgary 2-1, while stopping 21-of-22 shots on goal. Nabokov is firmly entrenched as the backup behind Ben Bishop, making him an irrelevant fantasy option.
Jamie Benn, LW, DAL10/22/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Stars winger Jamie Benn recorded two points in Tuesday's win over the Canucks.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, and now has eight points on the season. Dallas' top line featuring Benn and Tyler Seguin is as lethal as they come.
Tyler Seguin, C, DALHot10/22/2014 9:51:00 AM
Description: Stars center Tyler Seguin continued to stay hot on Tuesday night.
Insight: Fresh off earning the first star of the week honors, Seguin notched his fifth goal of the season, along with having six shots on goal. He now has 10 points on the season, and is showing what a dynamic player he really is.
Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL10/22/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen earned his third victory of the season Tuesday versus Vancouver.
Insight: He stopped 43-of-46 shots on goal, and is now 3-0-2 with a 2.92 GAA and a .913 save percentage. Owners should continue to start Lehtonen with confidence.
Ryan Miller, G, VAN10/22/2014 9:48:00 AM
Description: Canucks goalie Ryan Miller was pulled in the second period, in Tuesday's loss to Dallas.
Insight: He let up five goals on only 13 shots, before getting the hook. It was Miller's first loss of the season, but owners should expect this just to be a minor hiccup. Eddie lack took over, and he was able to stop 14-of-15 shots on goal.
Steve Mason, G, PHI10/22/2014 9:45:00 AM
Description: Flyers goalie Steve Mason played well. despite giving up four goals.
Insight: He faced 43 shots, and stopped 39 of them, but got no help from his team. Mason is off to a disappointing start this season, as he is now 0-3-1 with a 3.83 GAA and .878 save percentage.
Antti Raanta, G, CHI10/22/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta shined in his first start of the season.
Insight: He stopped all 32 shots from Philadelphia, and earned the shutout. However, Raanta is not a fantasy option moving forward, as Corey Crawford is only day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Patrick Kane, RW, CHI10/22/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane had two goals on Tuesday night against the Flyers.
Insight: He now has three goals on the season, and owners are hoping this is the game that puts Kane on a hot streak.
Keith Yandle, D, ARI10/21/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Arizona defenseman Keith Yandle had a big game on Tuesday night.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, along with a +1 rating and nine shots on goal. It was Yandle's first goal of the season, and he now has six points overall. He will continue to be a solid fantasy option.
Mike Ribeiro, C, NAS10/21/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Nashville center Mike Ribeiro notched two points on Tuesday night against Arizona.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, and now has five points on the season. James Neal and Ryan Ellis also tallied for the Predators.
Ondrej Pavelec, G, WIN10/21/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec earned his second win of the season.
Insight: He defeated Carolina, while stopping 21 shots on goal. Pavelec is not the best option at goalie, as Winnipeg will struggle to gets wins, all season long.
Andrew Ladd, LW, WIN10/21/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Winnipeg left wing Andrew Ladd scored a goal and had six shots on goal, on Tuesday night.
Insight: It was a nice night for Ladd, who scored his first goal of the season. He is not a great fantasy option, as he plays on a poor team, but Ladd will have solid nights like this one, throughout the season. Dustin Byfuglien and Adam Lowry scored the Jets' other two goals on the night.
Jiri Tlusty, C, CAR10/21/2014 10:41:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes winger Jiri Tlusty scored his fourth goal of the season in Tuesday's loss to Winnipeg.
Insight: If owners need a goal-scoring option, Tlusty may be on waivers. Now would be a good time to make a move for him.
Henrik Zetterberg, LW, DET10/21/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Detroit left wing Henrik Zetterberg scored the team's only goal in Tuesday's overtime loss to the Canadiens.
Insight: It was his second goal of the season, and he now has seven points overall. The question with Zetterback is, can he stay healthy? If so, he will be a dynamic player in 2014-15.
Alex Galchenyuk, LW, MON10/21/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Canadiens left wing Alex Galchenyuk scored a goal and was +1 on the night, in Tuesday's overtime victory.
Insight: He is off to a nice start this season, as Galchenyuk now has seven points, along with a +4 rating. Owners need to consider picking him up off waivers.
David Desharnais, C, MON10/21/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Montreal center David Desharnais scored the overtime winner against Detroit.
Insight: It was his first goal of the season, and he now has four points overall. There are better options than Desharnais from a fantasy perspecyive, but it is nice to see him score the OT winner.
Jimmy Howard, G, DET10/21/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard played well despite losing in overtime to Montreal.
Insight: He made 34 saves on 36 shots on goal, but it wasn't enough for the Wings. Howard is now 2-2-1, but is still a solid fantasy option.
Carey Price, G, MON10/21/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price played well in Tuesday's overtime win against Detroit.
Insight: He stopped 27-of-28 shots on goal, and is now 5-1-0 on the season. Impressive start to the season for Price.
Logan Couture, C, SJS10/21/2014 10:01:00 PM
Description: Sharks center Logan Couture had a big game in Tuesday's loss to the Bruins.
Insight: He scored two goals, and also had a superb eight shots on goal. However since the Sharks gave up five goals, Couture was -2 on the night. Joe Thornton added San Jose's third goal on the night, his second of the season.
Milan Lucic, LW, BOS10/21/2014 9:58:00 PM
Description: Bruins winger Milan Lucic busted out of his early-season slump in Tueaday's win.
Insight: He has yet to score a goal, but Lucic did have three assists, along with a +1 rating. He now has five points on the season, and owners should expect him to start lighting the lamp extremely soon.
Tuukka Rask, G, BOS10/21/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask did enough to pick up the win over San Jose on Tuesday night.
Insight: He stopped 31-of-34 shots on goal, for his third victory of the season. Rask has yet to be dominant just yet, but it is inevitable that he will carry Boston at some point this season.
Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR10/21/2014 9:54:00 PM
Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped 28-of-31 shots in Tuesday's overtime victory over New Jersey.
Insight: It was his fourth win of the season, and it looks like Lundqvist is starting to show why he is an elite goaltender in the NHL.
Jaromir Jagr, RW, NJD10/21/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr scored his first goal of the season.
Insight: Jagr also had an assist, along with a -1 rating and two shots on goal. He now has four points on the season, and as long as he can stay healthy, Jagr will have an impact on the fantasy season.
Chris Kreider, LW, NYR10/21/2014 9:51:00 PM
Description: Rangers winger Chris Kreider played a strong game against the Devils on Tuesday.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, along with a +2 rating and four shots on goal. Kreider continues to be a solid fantasy player, and it should stay that way, as he plays on the Rangers' top line.
Rick Nash, LW, NYRHot10/21/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Rangers winger Rick Nash has scored another goal in Tuesday's overtime win against New Jersey.
Insight: It is already his eighth goal of the season. Nash seems unstoppable right now, which is music to owners ears. Kevin Klein notched the OT winner for the Rangers, to take down their division rival.
Jonathan Bernier, G, TOR10/21/2014 9:46:00 PM
Description: Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier picked up his first win of the season.
Insight: He stopped 34-of-36 shots on goal, and frustrated Islanders' players all night. Bernier will continue to split starts with James Reimer, unless something drastic happens.
Phil Kessel, RW, TOR10/21/2014 9:44:00 PM
Description: Maple Leafs right winger Phil Kessel scored two goals on Tuesday night.
Insight: He added an assist, and was +3 on the night with five shots on goal. Kessel is a top tier player, and is producing as one of the better players in the NHL, at the moment.
James van Riemsdyk, LW, TOR10/21/2014 9:42:00 PM
Description: Toronto left wing James van Riemsdyk had two points in Tuesday's win over the Islanders.
Insight: He had a goal and assist, along with a +2 rating and two shots on goal. JVR should continue to be a goal-scoring machine, moving forward.
John Tavares, C, NYI10/21/2014 9:41:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares notched his thurd goal of the season.
Insight: He now has 10 points, and is clearly looking like one of the best players in the game. Tavares has a chance to be a top-three fantasy player by season's end.
Jaroslav Halak, G, NYI10/21/2014 9:39:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak was pulled in Tuesday's loss to Toronto.
Insight: He let up five goals on 23 shots, before being yanked in the third period. It was Halak's second loss of the season, but he remains entrenched as New York's top goaltender. Chad Johnson replaced Halak and stopped all five shots he faced.
Jason Spezza, C, DALHot10/21/2014 1:55:00 PM
Description: Dallas center Jason Spezza will play on the Stars top line Tuesday.
Insight: Playing alongside Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin can only help his fantasy value. Spezza may not be a 90-point scorer like he was in Ottawa for so many seasons, but he's got seven points in his first five games.
Pavel Datsyuk, C, DET10/21/2014 1:52:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday night.
Insight: We were hoping Datsyuk would be able to stay healthy this season, but here we are five games into the season and Datsyuk is set to make his season debut. He played in just 45 games last season, the fewest in his 12-year career.
Mason Raymond, LW, CALHot10/20/2014 12:37:00 PM
Description: Calgary winger Mason Raymond led the team Sunday night with a goal and two assists.
Insight: In case you haven't been paying attention, Raymond's hot. He already has five goals (on 20 shots) and two assists in seven games while playing on the Flames third line.
Sami Vatanen, D, ANA10/20/2014 12:32:00 PM
Description: Anaheim defenseman Sami Vatanen scored twice to earn the No. 1 star in Sunday's 3-0 win over St. Louis.
Insight: Vatanen's got five points this season, all of them on the power play. As long as he stays out there in man-advantage situations he will be a solid fantasy option.
Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYRHot10/20/2014 12:30:00 PM
Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made in two wins in a row with a 4-0 shutout win against San Jose.
Insight: He stopped all 33 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season. The Sharks are second in scoring this season, so it was a well-earned blanking.
Jonathan Quick, G, LOSHot10/20/2014 12:24:00 PM
Description: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick stopped 40-of-41 shots Sunday night en route to a 2-1 victory.
Insight: Quick has now won three in a row and stopped 114 of 116 shots after starting the season slowly. He back where he belongs and is a must start whenever he's between the pipes.
Jimmy Howard, G, DET10/20/2014 12:19:00 PM
Description: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (groin) is practicing Monday, according to Chuck Pleiness and could return for Tuesday's contest with Montreal.
Insight: Howard's groin injury appears to have been a minor one. He's 2-1-1 with a 1.72 GAA and .934 save percentage.
Johan Franzen, RW, DET10/20/2014 12:15:00 PM
Description: Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen did not start on Saturday and has missed Monday's practice which makes him unlikly to be ready for Tuesday's game with Montreal.
Insight: When healthy, Franzen is a offensive force, as his five points in four games this season will atest, but keeping him healthy has been a problem lately. He played just 54 games last season.
Viktor Fasth, G, EDM10/20/2014 12:13:00 PM
Description: Oilers goalie Viktor Fasth was supposed to have an MRI on his groin Friday, but we haven't heard the results.
Insight: Fasth was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, but we have no timetable for his return.
Victor Hedman, D, TAM10/20/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman is expected to miss 4-6 weeks due to a broken hand, according to Bob McKenzie. He was injured blocking a shot in the game against Vancouver on Saturday.
Insight: Hedman normally is paired with Anton Stralman, but Matthew Carle will likely take that spot. His points production (seven in five games, including five on the power play) will be missed by fantasy owners.
Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CAL10/19/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Flames rookie Johnny Gaudreau said the healthy scratch on Friday was "good" for him according to the Calgary Sun.
Insight: Gaudreau was pointless in the first five games of the season, so coach Bob Hartley scratched him for Friday's game. Gaudreau said he talked to Hartley and understands its a learning experience that will benefit him in the long run. His teammates have been fully supporting the rookie in the locker room. The Calgary Sun reported Gaudreau looked great in practice on Saturday and should be back in the lineup soon, maybe as early as Sunday.
Steven Stamkos, C, TAM10/19/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist on Saturday against the Canucks.
Insight: Stamkos set the tone with a goal in the first minute of the game. Vancouver answered, but Stamkos responded right back with his second goal about a minute after the Canucks tied the game at one. Stamkos is second in the league with five goals.
Jaden Schwartz, LW, STL10/19/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz scored a hat trick on Saturday against the Coyotes as St. Louis routed Arizona, 6-1.
Insight: Schwartz scored a power-play goal about halfway through the second period, an even-strength goal in the first minute of the third period and then another power-play goal with seconds remaining. Schwartz had four points in the game and now has seven on the season.
Johnny Oduya, D, CHI10/19/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya scored his first goal of the season on Saturday against the Predators.
Insight: Oduya's goal was his only shot of the game. He scored at the 1:49 mark of the first period, and Chicago won the game in overtime, 2-1. Oduya was plus-two.
Shea Weber, D, NAS10/19/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Predators defenseman Shea Weber scored a power play goal on Saturday for his third score of the season.
Insight: Weber also had two penalty minutes, three shots and two hits. He has three goals, four points and a plus-five rating five games into the season.
Jonathan Toews, C, CHI10/19/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews scored the game-winning overtime goal shorthanded on Saturday against the Predators.
Insight: Chicago jumped out to an early 1-0 lead about two minutes into the game, but the Blackhawks did not score again until overtime. Toews was plus-one with three shots and one hit in over 22 minutes of ice time.
Tyler Seguin, C, DAL10/18/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Stars center Tyler Seguin had four assists on Saturday against the Flyers.
Insight: Seguin has eight points in his last three games, four goals and four assists. His rating is also a plus-six. Hopefully no Bruins fans are watching this guy play because he has been spectacular.
Claude Giroux, C, PHI10/18/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Flyers center Claude Giroux scored the game-winning goal in overtime as Philadelphia completed a two-goal comeback on Saturday against the Stars.
Insight: The goal was Giroux's second of the season to give the Flyers its first victory. Philadelphia was aggressive, crashing the net in overtime, and drew a penalty. Giroux's goal came on the power play. Giroux also had an assist and finished plus-one.


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